The Dress I Wore to the Wedding

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A few weeks ago I was invited to a “destination wedding” not too far from my house, in the grand scheme of destination weddings.  It was on a day where I had nothing to do and in a town I love (Leavenworth, Washington). Obviously I had no other option but to say yes, right?

Part of my justification in going was that since I didn’t know anyone except my date, I could wear any dress in my closet and no one would know I’d worn it to someone else’s wedding.

But let’s be real here, sisters… That is some self-control that I just don’t possess.

On the day before the wedding I had a continuing legal education class in downtown Seattle. You know what else is in downtown Seattle? A giant Nordstrom Rack and the first ever Nordstrom.

After the CLE I couldn’t contain myself any longer and a new friend I made at the event and I walked over to the Rack. We found a super cute dress for me to try on. Then she had to leave. Unfortunately she left me alone in a dressing room with a dress that was the right price ($55), but too big. What a bummer! I decided I would have to wear a dress I already owned after all. I was about to embark on the 45 minute journey home and did what any reasonable adult would do, walked over to the real Nordstrom to use their clean restrooms (TMI. Sorry.) As I left the building I walked past the BP department and a plethora of gorgeous Maxi Dresses.

I tried to resist, I promise. But I couldn’t pass up a coral dress with fun patterns on the bottom and a cutout back that was CHEAPER than the dress at the Rack. I just couldn’t. I tried it on, and fate stepped in. A button was broken. Broken! No new dress for Brittany…until I gave it to the gal helping me and she found another one in perfect condition in my size, and told me it was the first day that dress had been on the shelf.

My next hope was that Twitter would step in and tell me, “Brittany! Return that dress right now!” … but you guys failed me and totally encouraged this frivolous spending on a gorgeous dress.

Since no one at Twitter was helping, one of my girlfriends came by. She also told me to keep the dress. By now I was in love anyway, that dress shall be mine forever.

The next morning I put it on and drove three hours (thanks a lot, traffic) to the wedding. It was so fun and several strangers (they were all strangers) complimented it! YAY!

In order to justify the purchase I had to wear it again, so last weekend when I took the train to Portland I pulled it out of my closet again.

On the train I noticed a white spot, and thought, “Way to go, spilling toothpaste on yourself.” How embarrassing.

But later, at a BBQ I realized that was white thread. Then I was at dinner with my friends and noticed a few more patches. By the end of the night there were at least 5 different areas on the front of my dress where the threads were pulling out and the beautiful coral was replaced by white thread. I couldn’t believe it!

Mini law school reunion in PDX

Mini law school reunion in PDX

If you don’t know, Nordstrom has incredible customer service. If you buy something and it goes awry, you can bring it back and they will take care of you. Sunday morning, back in Washington, I went to the nearby Nordstrom. The sales girl told me they’d had several of these dresses returned already for the same problem. I was heartbroken!!!!

So there it is. I had to break up with the dress I wore to the wedding. It was a sad day around the WMSB house, although my checking account loved it when that $52+tax found its way back into my bank. So I guess all’s fair in love and Nordstrom Debit Cards.

 

PS. The first thing my date said when he saw me was, “You look gorgeous!” #winning.

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  • Reply
    Juliette
    July 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

    This just made me SO SAD to read!!! That dress was so pretty!! But maybe now you have to go shopping again….?

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      Brittany
      July 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Good thinking!

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    Rachael @ Pretty in Pink
    July 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

    That color looks absolutely GORGEOUS on you!! xo

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      Brittany
      July 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Aww, thanks Rachael!

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    Breenah
    July 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

    At least you got to wear a new dress to the wedding, right? Sorry it wound up being pooey. It was super cute.

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      Brittany
      July 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks, Breenah!

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    Kayla
    July 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Um gorgeous dress…so you got to wear it two times basically for free?! Sweet deal! ;)

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      Brittany
      July 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Wahoo! I love sweet deals! (Even though I miss the dress)

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    Michelle
    July 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Super cute dress!

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      Brittany
      July 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks, Michelle! It was spending-friendly to have to return it, right? haha

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    Alli
    July 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Sad day for the dress :( I love Leavenworth though! I’m sure the wedding was great!

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      Brittany
      July 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      It was definitely fun!

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    Megan -- FireWifey
    July 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Cute! Also, it’s kind of like a win-win. You got to wear it to the wedding AND get your money back, without being shady. Let’s call that a blessing in disguise. Also, sounds like you had a great date. Smart words! ;)

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      Brittany
      July 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      I do know there are people out there who are shady with returns, but the guilt would get to me. I’d never be able to do it. So this was definitely guilt free. :)

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    Jennifer @ Also Known As...the Wife
    July 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Sad that you had to return it but SCORE for wearing a new outfit to a wedding for FREE!

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      Brittany
      July 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      That was definitely one positive aspect! My wallet LOVED it! :)

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    Sarah Alway
    July 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Oh man, what a bummer you had to return that adorable dress! But at least you got to wear it to the wedding. I love Leavenworth so much, btw! :-)

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      Brittany
      July 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      It is such a Washington treasure, isn’t it??

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    leelee
    July 12, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Its too bad that the dress had to be returned. It looks so cute.

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      Brittany
      July 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks, LeeLee! I’m pretty bummed too.

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